New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference 2022

The Office of Faculty Development and CITS Instructional Development has partnered with colleagues from across campus to host a fully remote conference on January 14th, 2022. 

  • Learn about innovative teaching and learning taking place at UMass Dartmouth.
  • Network with your peers from across campus.

8:45 am – Opening Remarks
Damon Gatenby, Jay Zysk

9:00 am – Concurrent Sessions

Un-grading Strategies in a Post-Pandemic Classroom
Joshua Botvin, Julie Bowman, Eiichiro Kazumori, Jacqueline O’Dell
Teaching and Learning in an Unequal World slides

Communication and Transparency in Teaching: Language Justice at UMass Dartmouth
Elizabeth Lehr, Stephanie O’Hara, Nicholas Santavicca
Using Oppressive Words slides
Pronouns: excerpts and info

Using Web-based Platforms for Student Engagement
Lisa Dumont, Damon Gatenby, Andrew Hinote, Jay Zysk
What is Nearpod? slides
Integrating Perusall into Blackboard and Blackboard Ultra

10:00 am – Panel

Engagement from All Sides: Students and Faculty Discuss Teaching and Learning During Pandemic Times
Elisabeth Arruda, Meghan Fair, & Sophia Baxendale

11:00 am – Concurrent Sessions

Unpacking the Disciplinary Toolbox: A Workshop on Antiracist Teaching in Introductory Courses
Caroline Gelmi
Unpacking the Disciplinary Toolbox slides

Improving Student Engagement Inside and Outside the Classroom
John Buck, Jeremiah Ho, Shannon Jenkins, Pamela Karimi, Kiley Medeiros
Improving Student Engagement Inside and Outside the Classroom. ppt

12:00 pm – Lunch break

12:30 pm – Keynote

Intense and Intentionality: Navigating the Complexities of Hybrid-Flexible Learning Experience

In this activity-packed session, we’ll explore some of the challenges of hybrid-flexible teaching with students physically and virtually present. Through collaborative engagement, reflection, and dialogue, participants will identify some of their individual challenges along with possible strategies to address them while also adding new practices to make the multi-modal/hybrid experience more effective for faculty and students.

UMassD Keynote Resources
Keynote Video Recording
Keynote Zoom Session Chat

Speaker Biography:

Lance Eaton is the Director of Digital Pedagogy at College Unbound, an instructor at North Shore Community College and Southern New Hampshire University, as well as a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Boston with a dissertation that is focusing on how scholars engage in academic piracy. He has given talks, written about, and run workshops on hybrid flexible learning, open pedagogy, digital service-learning, and universal design for learning among many other topics. His musings, reflections, and ramblings can be found on his blog, By Any Other Nerd as well as on Twitter

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Conference Sponsors

Each year the Office of Faculty Development and Instructional Development partners with colleagues from across campus to host this full-day conference.

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